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Information Management

Bachelor of Applied Science degree

Target Your Career Goals

Students choose from three concentration areas:

Database administrators and related professionals perform an important role that's not easily outsourced. By earning a B.A.S. degree in Information Management, Database Administration, you'll have the key credential and skills desired by employers and the ticket to a rewarding, in-demand career.

Work in every sector of the economy:

  • Business
  • Health care
  • Government and military
  • Manufacturing
  • Marketing agencies
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Schools and universities

Performing these key roles:

  • Computer software engineer
  • Database administrator
  • Database consultant
  • Information systems designer
  • IT manager
  • Systems analyst

The Database Administration Concentration features:

  • Hands-on coursework in all aspects of database management, including database server architecture, capacity planning, web scripting and other critical topics
  • Case studies and assignments that focus on actual database administration challenges
  • Emphasis on mastering the day-to-day tasks and managerial responsibilities of a database administrator.

As a graduate of the program, you'll be able to:

  • Install, configure, back-up and restore database management systems.
  • Optimize operations and maintain integrity of database management systems.
  • Apply current theories and practices in program and resource management.
  • Create web-based applications in a three-tiered architecture that will allow secure access to a database management system.
  • Explore data mining and the process involved in extracting patterns of information from large databases.
  • Create advanced client applications that will interact with database management systems in an N-Tier distributed and secure architecture environment.

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Keeping IT projects on track is essential to any organization’s success. With the ability to organize, communicate and resolve problems efficiently, excellent project managers are in high demand.

Work in every sector of the economy:

  • Aerospace
  • Business
  • Government & military
  • Health care
  • Manufacturing
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Schools & universities
  • Utilities & energy

Performing these key roles:

  • Project coordinator
  • Team lead
  • Project lead
  • Project manager
  • Technical delivery manager
  • Program manager


The Project Management Concentration features:

  • Hands-on coursework in all aspects of project management, including managing IT integration, change management, scheduling, cost and quality control, risk and acquisitions management and other key topics
  • Case studies and assignments that focus on real-life IT project management challenges
  • Emphasis on mastering the principles, tools and techniques of project management—enabling students to become an asset in an information technology environment.

As a graduate of the program, you'll be able to:

  • Participate in the initiation and management of IT projects through knowledge of scheduling, budgeting, quality and cost control, project communications, risk analysis, resource leveling and procurement.
  • Coordinate IT integration with an understanding of organizational context and architecture, acquisition and sourcing, and testing and quality assurance.
  • Provide leadership in change management through the multipronged use of scheduling, resource allocation and capacity planning in the design, development and implementation of information systems or system changes.
  • Influence project quality by employing measurement tools for process improvement and control and by utilizing team management concepts and problem-solving skills.
  • With an understanding of acquisition fundamentals, implement strategic approaches to procurement planning, execution and control.
  • Identify and diffuse risks, as well as resolve conflicts, in a project management setting.

Graduates of this degree concentration will meet the education requirements for leading industry credentials from the Project Management Institute. Employers place great importance on PMI credentials, such as the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)® and Project Management Professional (PMP)®.

Palm Beach State also offers a Certificate of Professional Preparation in Project Management for individuals who already have a bachelor’s degree, but want to gain project management expertise to further their IT careers.

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To stay ahead of ever-evolving cyber threats, organizations are investing in information security personnel. With a B.A.S. degree in Information Management, Security & Network Assurance, you'll have the expertise employers want and be able to "call the shots" in a dynamic career with many options for advancement.

Read about this degree and the new cybersecurity focus at PBSC.

Work in all types of enterprises:

  • Corporations
  • Law enforcement agencies
  • Military and government intelligence agencies
  • Private security and consulting firms

Performing vital roles such as:

  • Chief security officer
  • Cryptologist
  • Cyber security software engineer
  • Digital forensic examiner
  • Information security analyst

The Security & Network Assurance Concentration features:

  • Hands-on coursework in all aspects of information security technologies, theories and practices
  • Case studies and assignments that highlight solutions to real-world IT security problems
  • Current knowledge and skills required to prevent cyber crimes, assess system weaknesses and recommend/implement security solutions.

As a graduate of the program, you'll be able to:

  • Use and configure network applications to secure the private and DMZ networks.
  • Configure Virtual Private Networks to secure network traffic.
  • Install and configure a Certificate Authority to issue certificates.
  • Implement procedures to secure web applications, including web application penetration testing.
  • Perform authentication with two-factor authentication methods.
  • Determine which network security policies should be applied in various environments.
  • Analyze computer systems before and after an intrusion and gather information and evidence about the possible attack in a legal, forensically sound and cost-effective manner.
  • Pursue certification as a Computer Hacking Forensic Investigator (CHFI).

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Core Curriculum

What Every IT Manager Should Know

As preparation for concentration area courses, all students receive the same solid foundation in essential information management and general management topics, including project management, finance, business law and ethics, technical writing and computer programming.

The Capstone Experience

The B.A.S. degree features a culminating independent project known as the Capstone Experience, which gives you the opportunity to explore a subject relevant to your career goals. Ideally, students use the project to enhance their resume or graduate school applications. It also may lead to career opportunities.

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